Digital Daily Dozen: 2/29/16

Federal Efforts in Data Privacy Move Slowly (New York Times)   

In February 2012, the White House introduced a blueprint for the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, intended to give Americans the ability to exercise control over what personal details companies collected from them and how the data was used. Four years later, however, the effort has produced few new data controls for consumers.  

The big new worry: Cord shaving (Media Life Magazine)    

Cord cutting, or canceling pay television services in favor of watching TV by other means such as online, has been a concern among media buyers for years. But a new worry is emerging that may be an even bigger threat to cable networks. It’s cord shaving, which involves the same concept – saving money – but a different execution.   

One Year After Net Neutrality, FCC Commissioner Calls Rules ‘a Dud’ (Inside Sources) 

FCC Ajit Pai marked the first anniversary of the FCC’s divisive net neutrality regulations, passed a year ago Friday, by predicting their demise in the courts, Congress or at the agency itself. “It’s fitting that the traditional one-year anniversary gift is paper, for that’s pretty much all that utility-style regulation has produced.”   


The fight over network neutrality is entering a new phase, one year after the FCC approved the landmark Internet rules. Regulators are moving to develop new standards, even as critics push forward to have the courts or Congress curb or strike down the rules down entirely.   


On February 26, 2015, the FCC voted 3-2 along party lines to enforce net neutrality rules and preempt state laws that prevent the expansion of municipal broadband networks. But whether either decision will survive past Tom Wheeler’s chairmanship is still an open question.    

HAPPY NET NEUTRALITY ANNIVERSARY  (Huffington Post- Commentary)   

One year ago, I witnessed something that may never be seen again inside the windowless hearing room at the FCC: multiple standing ovations. There was also whooping. The occasion, on Feb. 26, 2015, was the historic vote by the FCC to safeguard the open Internet by passing strong Net Neutrality rules.   

Netflix Believes Family-Friendly Shows Will Fill Void (Pro Max BDA)

The 13-episode premiere of Fuller House may have been met with mixed reviews, but critics who question whether this type of wholesome sitcom still works for television can’t ignore the PG-rated message and trending power of nostalgia. And that’s exactly what Netflix is counting on.    

Reverse Auction Update: FCC Underscores Initial Commitment Deadline, Offers Workshop (Communications Law Blog)

It’s “damn the stay requests (and appeals), full speed ahead” on the reverse auction front. Notwithstanding the frenzy of activity at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the Commission has issued further information underscoring its determination to close the reverse auction door as of 6:00 p.m. (ET) on March 29, 2016.    

Security Of Home Networks Questioned (BBC)    

Right now, skilled adversaries are probing its defenses seeking a way in. They are swift, relentless and smart. No weakness will escape their notice. But I am not without defenses. I’ve tried to harden the most vulnerable devices to stop them being compromised and I’ve set up warning systems that should alert me if the attackers get inside.  

Manufacturers start to lock down Wi-Fi router firmware. Thanks, FCC.  (Network World- Commentary)   

Curious. The FBI wants Apple to open up its own software while the FCC wants wireless router manufacturers to lock theirs down. And both demands are unacceptable, misguided, and will ultimately fail. Why? When it comes to the former, we don’t have time to wade through that quagmire, but as to the latter, we have to go back to 2015. 

We asked a First Amendment lawyer if Apple’s ‘code is speech’ argument holds water. Here’s what he said. (Washington Post)

Wayne Giampietro, a Chicago-based lawyer and longtime member of the First Amendment Lawyer’s Association, said that Apple is absolutely on solid ground with its argument. “There are a lot of cases saying that the government cannot compel private people to say things,” he said.   

Are you bored of this article yet? (Network World)   

Researchers in England have come up with a way to enable computers to tell if you are bored or interested in what you’re seeing on the screen, a development that could help develop better digital learning experiences.   

Make Sure Your Mobile-Marketing Effort Doesn’t Land You in Court (Ad Age)  

How can companies conduct a mobile-marketing campaign safely? Three words: consent, consent, consent. It is absolutely imperative to obtain consent before sending any advertisement or marketing message to a consumer’s mobile phone.